Sacred Heart University Online
Sacred Heart University Online was founded in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1963 and is now the second-largest Catholic university in New England. Offering a quality, affordable and convenient way to earn a degree online, it is also ranked among America’s best colleges in the North, among the top master’s colleges and most recently among the Top 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.
Experience Sacred Heart’s signature humanistic core principles and degree programs based on interactive personal attention, small classes, and rigorous academics offering students a unique life platform for career advancement and personal fulfillment. Our commitment to educational excellence is reflected in our distinguished full-time faculty, over 80% of whom hold the highest degrees in their fields.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges. In addition, the John F. Welch College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International), and our Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The University is pleased to have been named one of the top universities in the North and among the Top 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report (2014). They are also ranked among the best online programs for bachelor’s as well as graduate nursing programs in the 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review includes Sacred Heart among the Best 378 Colleges.
Master’s in Nursing
Sacred Heart University's Master of Science in Nursing program offers three impactful specializations. Whether you choose Clinical Nurse Leader, Patient Care Services Administration, or Nursing Education as your specialization, you will be prepared not only to advance your career but to advance the nursing profession as an agent of change.
Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon.
Clinical Nurse Leader: This specialization focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to fulfill this new and evolving role, such as evaluating patient outcomes, assessing risk, and coordinating with other health care professionals to ensure high quality care. The program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam. Even those students who are not interested in the CNL position can benefit from the integrated knowledge offered in this specialization.
Patient Care Services Administration: The specialization is designed to prepare you for nursing leadership positions involving administrative responsibility. You’ll learn how to use business and information management, integration of finances, and program evaluation as tools to provide effective and efficient care.
Nursing education: specialization is designed to complement your clinical experience with skills in teaching and learning. The curriculum is designed to provide you with an understanding of issues in nursing education, application of curriculum design and evaluation theory, and experience in the role of the faculty. Nurse educators are found in both schools of nursing along with hospitals and related healthcare organizations. This program gives students the education to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Exam.